Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

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Zaycon Foods – FREE

When I found out Zaycon Foods was offering ham a while back I decided to redeem all my Zaycon credit and get 20 pounds of boneless ham. I tucked one away in the freezer for Easter, and the other one we will be serving this Christmas alongside our annual dinner buffet.

Have you tried Zaycon ham before? How was it? This was our first time ordering ham through Zaycon {we love their chicken and beef} so I’m anxious to try it.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $ 8.38

I asked The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird to pick up a lemon on her way home and this is what she came home with. Apparently she was craving clementines and cream cheese. Ha!

Target Market Pantry Products

Target $12.97

Last week I had surgery on my Crappy British Teeth and knew I’d pretty much be drinking smoothies, hot soup and applesauce all week. So when Monkey Boy and I stopped by Target for some new socks {what was I thinking? Do you know how freakin’ packed Target is this time of year?} I grabbed a couple of cans of my favorite Campbell’s soups.

I’m not sure how the lentils and turkey breast ended up in the cart {let’s blame it on the meds} but I’m sure I’ll make something tasty with it soon. :)
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Mr. Produce Guy – FREE

Thanks to Mr. Produce Guy, this past week we were able to get plenty of lettuce and apples for free. Just for asking! How cool is that? You can see all the food our family has saved from going in to the dumpster over the last year and a half HERE.

Last week I stocked up like crazy, this week, not so much.

How did you do? Are you finding yourself going over your grocery budget because of the holidays, or are you superhuman and and right on target for the year?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $21.35
Total Spent This Year $2130.43 {Yep, I’m over for the year}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

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  1. Mary Ann says

    That ham is delicious! You won’t be disappointed. We bought a box last time they came around with it and just picked up another box Saturday.

  2. Wendy says

    I bought the ham. We sliced some super thin for deli sandwiches and the other ham was sliced thicker for breakfast. We’ve already eaten some on the sandwiches. It was awesome!!!

  3. Helen in meridian says

    You must have found a great sale on that turkey. If you subtract the rest from the price, that turkey must have been on sale. How are you feeling? Today is National Cover Anything with Chocolate Day. Go forth and dip.

  4. Sharon says

    This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered the ham. The last time was before Easter so I served it then. All of my family members who came for dinner at my house that day really liked it so I ordered it again. My only problem was my husband who kept referring to it as “parking lot ham” (which unfortunately prompted my brother in law to envision road kill…). It slices great for the meal and for sandwiches later too. I don’t know if it is the same brand or just the same flat shape but I’ve purchased a similar ham at Costco recently with good luck too.

  5. says

    Great deals you got–hope your teeth are feeling better. Sunday after church, my friend and I went to try our hand at couponing. We were no where NEAR being as organized as we should have been, but I still managed to get $70 worth of groceries for $38 at the first store, and spent less then $25 at the second. I still had over $20 left on my food budget to buy marked down meats Monday at my local store. Plus, we made friends with a young woman who is also learning to coupon, and she will be joingin us on our ‘hunts’ after the first of the year, so we will have THREE pairs of eyes to look for bargains. My goal is to bring my food budget down as low as possible next year. I think I have a good start!

    • Helen in Meridian says

      Bible Babe, you did great on your first trip. Pretty soon your pantry will be full. I am glad you buy marked down meat as well. I find that the 24th or right after Christmas, all the fresh turkeys get marked down to .49 or less. Check your store. Sometimes it is the 26th or 27th when they mark them down. Great to stock your freezer for the year.

  6. Sam says

    Miss living in the states this time of year for cheaper turkeys, just paid $40.00 for an 11lb one in Singapore and that was a good deal.

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